Community rallies around family as cricketers take on AFL
TIM Threadgold played cricket and AFL for the BITS clubs when he and his wife Kristy lived in the Gladstone area only 18 months ago.
They then returned to Adelaide, but news that Kristy was facing a serious health issue prompted the two clubs to stage a fundraiser and lend the couple their support.
A charity cricket day between the BITS cricket and Aussie Rules players was organised, with Tim Threadgold returning to Boyne Island Oval on Sunday to take part and catch up with close friends.
"He was playing up here in footy and cricket and he is a really great bloke," said Nev Judd who, along with Lucas Hall, helped organise the event.
"So far we have had great response from local business. It looks like we have around $8000 for Tim and Kristy."
With Sun Valley IGA, Andersons Auto City, Boyne Island Bait and Tackle, Mitre 10, Tannum Meats, Tannum Pub, Tannum Bakery, C and J Video and the CQ AFL Barbarians all supporting the cause, Threadgold said he was astounded by the generosity of his former community and friends.
"I keep in touch with a lot of these guys," he said.
"(But) I was not expecting this but it is good to know that there are than many people supporting us from so far away.
"My wife would be proud to see everything here."